Gov. Sam Brownback was pleased that Congress included an extension of the production tax credit for wind-energy products in the fiscal-cliff deal. Brownback had joined 27 other governors to advocate for the PTC, which has been key to the $3 billion investment in wind power that Kansas saw in 2011 and 2012. One study also found that Kansas landowners had received $273 million in income by leasing land for the wind turbines. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran also supported the extension, but it was opposed by all of Kansas’ House delegation, with Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, leading the criticism that the wind industry needed to move off the taxpayer dole.
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